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Successful Time Management For Dummies 1st Edition

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From the Back Cover

Practical strategies and advice for putting time on your side—and keeping it there!

Feel like you never have enough hours in the day? No matter what career and job role you're in, this plain-English guide delivers solutions for working better and faster, getting rid of time-wasting distractions, and ultimately, reducing stress. You'll see how to eliminate late nights at the office and spend more time with family, friends — or even yourself!

  • Set yourself up for success — assess your strengths and weaknesses, establish goals, and create a routine

  • Overcome time-management obstacles — communicate more effectively, circumvent interruptions, and eliminate procrastination

  • Focus your efforts — identify your most important tasks, prioritize your daily efforts, block off time, and plug in to-do items

  • Put a value on your time — grasp the time-equals-money concept, figure your hourly income, and boost your hourly value

  • Streamline your workspace — assemble essential tools, keep a clutter-free desktop, and create an environment that fosters solid focus

  • Find a work/life balance — maximize the use of your personal time and enjoy a rich, rewarding life away from the office

Open the book and find:

  • Specific insight addressing challenges for admin staff, salespeople, owners and executives, and managers

  • Tools to help organize your physical and electronic workspace for optimal productivity

  • Suggestions for using traveling time well

  • Strategies for communicating directly, effectively, and tactfully

  • Tips and tricks for handling interruptions and ending procrastination

  • Guidance for working efficiently with supervisors, colleagues, and business associates

About the Author

Dirk Zeller is a top time manager and sales performer as well as the author of Success as a Real Estate Agent For Dummies and Telephone Sales For Dummies. For the past decade, he has taught success, sales, and time management strategies and coached executives, managers, and salespeople. Zeller is one of the most sought-after speakers in time management.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (November 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047029034X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470290347
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dirk Zeller has been a Real Estate Agent, Investor, Coach and Speaker for more than 20 years. He is one of the most published Authors with over 500 articles published to his credit, along with six books; all of which have hit industry best seller lists. Three of his books are for the famous Dummies® series.

Time Management for Dummies®
The Champion Real Estate Agent
Success as a Real Estate Agent for Dummies®
The Champion Real Estate Team
Telephone Sales for Dummies®
Your 1st Year in Real Estate

In 2009, Dirk and his company Real Estate Champions, had 41 of their current, past and mentor coaching clients on the Wall Street Journal's Top 100 Agents and Top 100 Teams list.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By darkguardian2 on September 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
I read the book end to end and though there were some ideas I could use; it wasn't what I was looking for.
The book is more tailored foe sales and business oriented people. There are 6-parts to the book. The first covers the myths and beliefs in managing time and you conduct a self survey of your strengths and weaknesses. You do the classic goal setting exercise and scheduling your day. This is all like I've seen in many books on time management. Part 2 used the 80/20 rule in accomplishing the important tasks first that makes the most impact and not just routine unimportant activities to stay busy. This part also goes over setting up a work area and some techniques of managing the paper blizzard. Not much detail on what to look for. The book got off track in Chapter 6 on Technology. He talked about the obvious use of email clients, PDA but mostly about CRM. Customer Relations Management software. Considering all the technology out there to save time, he should have covered more topics. I'm just an individual. He then covers traveling light and efficient which was useful. Part 3 covers challenges for you to stay on track. He did this by setting appointments and being hard to get hold of. He wants to schedule all calls for a certain time of day. Emergencies knows no schedule. This is why it's so hard to call companies when everybody is doing the same thing and nothing is syncing up. I did like the guide on writing effective emails and making decisions. Part 4 - He follows by applying time management to the work place including your boss. As a boss, he even covers points that if a person isn't being time efficient to "his" standards then he would fire them.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C&B Golden on January 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
First things first, as a real estate broker and team leader who owns almost all of Dirk Zeller's books, I will admit to being a bit biased in his favor. This prolific author simply writes cleanly and clearly, in a language that we can all easily understand. His latest book is one of his best and is a MUST READ for anyone who has ever felt the pain of "too little time" in their business or personal life. I have found this book to be life changing and have been surprised at how easy many of the concepts are to implement in my daily routine. As Dirk notes early on, Dummy books do not have to be read front to back; instead, you can do what I did and start with areas that hold the most interest for you. In my case, this meant going right to Chapter 5, "Setting Up and Maintaining a Productive Workspace." Using the simple steps in this chapter I got my massive desk cleaned up, moved tons of "to do" items into Outlook tasks, refined my workflow with my wife (the vice president of the company :o) and otherwise got my space turned into a much more productive and sharp looking workplace. Next stop for me was Chapter 10, "Overcoming Procrastination, a Notorious Time Thief." More organizational goodness ensued... I bought this book for all the obvious reasons but mostly because I knew that many of the holes in my business and personal life are centered on time or the lack thereof. If (like me) you have become honest enough to admit you could improve your time management, this book is FOR YOU. I think it would be especially good for business readers but others can still benefit from its practical advice and suggestions. Lastly, if you are in any way involved in real estate, you owe it to yourself to check out Dirk Zeller's many other fine books; his work is easily on par with Gary Keller, Stephen Covey and Michael Gerber (to name a few). This book is amazing, it really is, check it out...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Traveler on September 8, 2012
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This book is written from a distinctly male, corporate-American view without regard for non-sales/numbers careers or people who live alone, without anyone to delegate work to.

Many examples are given to illustrate how, if you use your time wisely, you can generate more money/sales. Many related to real estate sales in particular. Well, in artistic careers (screenwriting, costume design, filmmaking, directing) or in homemaking, you can't quantify the amount of money you're going to make by saving time, necessarily. Also, for many women, they don't have anyone to delegate to, which is one of the recommendations of the author to save time. In some careers, you don't necessarily have an assistant or staff to delegate to. When you work for yourself or live alone, the buck stops with you, and you have to pay someone to delegate stuff to, which may not always work with your budget. When you're a homemaker with young children on a budget, you may also not have someone to delegate to in the household. If husband and wife delegate back and forth to each other within the household, wouldn't they still ultimately be spending the same amount of time on tasks, thus not saving time?

I think the book has potential but needs editing with a female perspective and examples of real-life people outside the real estate or office-job world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Stoltz on August 30, 2013
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Great idea's that are current to my organization level. easy to follow. I would recommend this book to anyone that is looking to improve their time management skills or to just have a better idea of what it means to be on top of things.
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